When asked about the new board of supervisors, Martha Pennino is quick to point out that Democrats still hold the reins of power.

"I think first off, you have to remember the board still has a Democratic majority," she says. "However, this board is a little more moderate than the last board and a great deal more moderate than the one before that."

Pennino is unable to disguise her partisan preferences when analyzing the future of the 1980 board.

"What we've found in the past is that Republicans have been slower to attend to human needs. That's not to say this board won't, but that's just the way things have happened in the past."

Citing transportation as the county's most immediate problem, Pennino says if the county adopted a city form of government it would be able to develop it's own bus system and take control of its roads.

"Transportation is the biggest problem we've got," Pennino explains. "Metro is a part of the solution but not the whole solution. It's not going to all come at once."

"They need to extend Metro to I-66 and Route 123 and send a spur to Tyson's Corner," she says. "But they've never listened to me and they'll be sorry someday."

Pennino says she looks forward to working with the newly elected board members. "I don't know Mr. Davis too well," she says. "But he seems intelligent.

"Of course I know Sandra Duckworth and I know Nancy Falck from her work on the school board.

"I think this board is going to work well together," she says optimistically. "It should be a good, happy board -- hardworking."